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New recall is yet another blow to Toyota

Toyota faced another embarrassing blow to its reputation yesterday, when the Japanese car maker recalled 2.8 million vehicles to fix faulty steering problems – meaning owners have had to return more than 18 million motors to forecourts in just three years.

The recall, announced today, affects more than a dozen models produced from 2005 through 2010

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Stanford Ovshinsky was a self-taught inventor whose innovations have been incorporated into many hi-tech developments, from flat-screen televisions to laptop computers, He devised the term "ovonics", combining his own name and "electronics," to describe the technology behind the development of what he called "non-depletable, non-polluting energy sources." His aim was to reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuels with solar power and hydrogen. In 1999, Time included Ovshinsky among its "Heroes for the Planet."

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If only Top Gear and the BBC had the guts to tell Jeremy Clarkson to stop talking for once

As it's been ruled that the presenter's remark that a car looked like 'person with facial growths' breached Corporation's guidelines, and he's compromising their values.

Nemesis car smashes electric speed record

A supercar powered by energy from wind turbines has smashed the UK land speed record for an electric car.

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